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April 3, 2012

Maryland: Mitt Romney Snags Easy Win

Maryland: Mitt Romney Snags Easy Win

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Updated 9:31  p.m. | Mitt Romney easily won the Maryland primary tonight, putting the finishing touches on his quest for the Republican presidential nomination.

Continuing his string of wins in moderate Northeastern states, the former Massachusetts governor did well enough in exit polls that the Associated Press called the race less than 15 minutes after polls closed at 8 p.m.

Updated 8:46 p.m.

Romney was projected to win a primary in Washington, D.C., by multiple news outlets before 9 p.m., when polls close in Wisconsin.

Updated 9: 31 p.m.

News networks also called Wisconsin for Romney around 9:30 p.m., essentially ending the Republican primary season.

In a defiant speech, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum vowed to stay in the race.

Florida: Alan Grayson Pulls in Big Bucks

Former Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) said he raised more than $550,000 in the first quarter of this year in his bid to return to Congress representing the new Orlando-area 9th district.

“We are doing something special. Our campaign model shows that you can raise money and win elections without having to sell out to special interests or the lobbyists,” Grayson said in a statement. The campaign said it raised the massive haul from almost 12,000 contributors.

Grayson spokesman Todd Jurkowski said the campaign didn’t yet have a firm sense of how much cash on hand it ended the quarter with. Full story

Virginia: George Allen Raised $1.4 Million in First Quarter

Virginia: George Allen Raised $1.4 Million in First Quarter

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George Allen’s Senate campaign announced today that the former governor and Senator raised more than $1.4 million in the first quarter of 2012, leaving the Republican with $2.7 million in cash on hand as of the end of March.

Allen is likely to advance beyond the June 12 primary to face off against former Gov. Tim Kaine (D), who earlier today announced raising $2.2 million last quarter. Kaine’s campaign is expected to report $4.4 million in the bank as of Saturday. Full story

California: Brad Sherman Leads Howard Berman in Internal Poll

California: Brad Sherman Leads Howard Berman in Internal Poll

Rep. Brad Sherman's (above) campaign said they expect to continue being outspent by fellow Rep. Howard Berman. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

An internal poll for California Rep. Brad Sherman found him ahead of fellow Democratic Rep. Howard Berman by 27 points in a potential general election matchup that is expected to be a close race as November nears.

Sherman took 52 percent to 25 percent for Berman, while 23 percent remained undecided in the poll conducted by the Feldman Group. In the top-two primary, Sherman led with 40 percent, followed by Berman with 17 percent and Republican businessman Mark Reed with 12 percent. Another Democrat, two Republicans and a Green Party member totaled 13 percent, while 20 percent were undecided. Full story

Florida: John Quiñones Announces Bid in 9th District

Osceola County Commissioner John “Q” Quiñones (R) will run for Congress in Florida’s new strongly Democratic 9th district, he announced yesterday.

Quiñones, a former state Representative, faces a handful of Republicans in the primary. The winner of that contest will take on likely Democratic nominee former Rep. Alan Grayson in a district that would have voted 60 percent for Barack Obama in 2008. Quiñones, 46, is the second Latino GOP candidate to throw his hat in the ring. The district is more than 44 percent Hispanic.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean he, or any Latino candidate, has a straight shot at the nomination. Full story

Virginia: Tim Kaine Rakes In $2.2 Million in First Quarter

Virginia: Tim Kaine Rakes In $2.2 Million in First Quarter

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Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine’s Senate campaign had a monster first quarter, raking in $2.2 million and ending March with $4.4 million in the bank.

Kaine, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is unchallenged in the June 12 primary and likely to face George Allen, a former governor and Senator, in a general election race anticipated to be among the closest in the country and instrumental to both parties’ quest for the Senate majority.

The Kaine campaign highlighted in a release today that it has raised a total of $7.4 million in the past year from 19,000 individual donors, including more than 14,000 who have given $200 or less.

Allen has not yet announced his first-quarter fundraising. Reports for the Jan. 1 through March 31 fundraising quarter are due April 15 at midnight.

Washington: 1st District Special Election Set

Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) called for a special election to fill the seat of former Rep. Jay Inslee (D), setting up a confusing situation as a result of redistricting.

The special election will be held concurrently with the regular election schedule, with the primary on Aug. 7 and the general on Nov. 6. Voters will have representation for the last two months of the year, but that means candidates running for both a full term and in the special will be running under two different sets of lines at the same time. Full story

April 2, 2012

Romney’s Chief Whip Roy Blunt Has a Good Week

Romneys Chief Whip Roy Blunt Has a Good Week

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By all accounts, the end of March and the beginning of April have been kind to Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), the leader of Mitt Romney’s effort to secure Member endorsements.

In recent days, the former Massachusetts governor and GOP presidential frontrunner has been endorsed by a group of much sought after tea party stalwarts, including GOP Sens. Ron Johnson (Wis.), Mike Lee (Utah) and Marco Rubio (Fla.). Also endorsing on the cusp of Tuesday’s key Badger State presidential primary was House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

But in an interview with Roll Call last week, during which Blunt discussed his plans to use his leadership position as Senate GOP Conference vice chairman to improve coordination between House and Senate Republicans, the Missourian reflected on an endorsement whip operation that functioned much differently than when he did the same thing in 2000 for George W. Bush, the Texas governor who would go on to be elected president. Full story

Internal Poll: Orrin Hatch Can Win Nomination at Convention

Internal Poll: Orrin Hatch Can Win Nomination at Convention

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An internal poll of Utah Republican delegates conducted for Sen. Orrin Hatch’s campaign found the six-term incumbent with enough support to secure the nomination at this month’s state convention.

Hatch is supported by 62 percent of attendees, followed by former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist with 16 percent and state Rep. Chris Herrod with 5 percent. Hatch needs at least 60 percent of the 4,000 total delegates to win the nomination at the convention. If no candidate takes 60 percent, the top two finishers advance to the June 26 primary. Full story

Maryland: GOP Field Accuses Each Other of Dirty Tricks in Roscoe Bartlett Race

Maryland: GOP Field Accuses Each Other of Dirty Tricks in Roscoe Bartlett Race

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Few races this cycle have had as much drama as Maryland’s 6th district. And the day before Tuesday’s primaries, Republicans are occupied with accusing each other of pulling dirty tricks.

Someone posted online audio of two 911 calls from a 2008 domestic dispute involving Rep. Roscoe Bartlett’s primary opponent, state Sen. David Brinkley.

The incident is widely known in Maryland and was covered in the local press at the time.

But the emergence of the actual audio of distressed phone calls from both Brinkley and his wife at the time, along with the intrigue of who did it, has fascinated both Republicans and Democrats watching this race.

While the audio surfaced online last week, it caught little notice until over the weekend, when a Twitter account that includes Bartlett’s publicity photo and a link to the campaign website tweeted links to the 911 calls. The account has no followers and had no tweets before Saturday.

Full story

Shop Talk: Dan Conston Takes 2012 Focus; Nebraska Senate Hires

Dan Conston started today as communications director for a consortium of Republican-aligned groups.

Conston is moving over from the office of Chief Deputy Majority Whip Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) to take a leadership role at the issue advocacy firm American Action Network, the policy institute American Action Forum and the Congressional Leadership Fund super PAC, which supports House candidates.

“I’m excited to work with such talented people and to have the opportunity to influence the central political and policy fights of 2012 and beyond,” Conston said in an email. Full story

North Dakota: Republicans Endorse Brian Kalk for Open House Seat

Republicans rallied behind Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk at their annual convention over the weekend, giving him their endorsement in the race for the open, at-large House seat.

After three rounds of ballots, Kalk obtained more than a majority of delegates — 929 votes — to win his party’s official support over a crowded field.

Republican hopefuls traditionally abide by the GOP convention’s endorsement. This weekend, almost every other GOP House contender dropped out of the race prior to Kalk’s acceptance speech, including state Rep. Bette Grande, state Rep. Kim Koppelman, former Commerce Commissioner Shane Goettle and businessman DuWayne Hendrickson. Full story

Maryland: Martin O’Malley Does Robocalls for Rob Garagiola

Over the weekend, the two top Democrats in Maryland’s 6th district primary deployed their highest profile surrogates to do robocalls.

District residents have been receiving calls from Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) vouching for state Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola.

Garagiola is locked in a fierce battle with businessman John Delaney. It was reported Sunday that President Bill Clinton has been making robocalls on behalf of Delaney.

O’Malley, who endorsed Garagiola on Thursday, noted Garagiola’s ”record of progress and effectiveness.” Full story

April 1, 2012

Maryland: President Bill Clinton Does Robocalls for John Delaney

Former President Bill Clinton has recorded robocalls on behalf of businessman John Delaney in the Maryland 6th district primary, according to the Delaney campaign.

“You can count on John Delaney to stand up for the middle class and for our Democratic values,” Clinton says in the 32-second message.

“Please vote for more jobs, for greater opportunity by voting for Democrat John Delaney for Congress,” he adds.

Full story

Massachusetts: Brown-Warren Senate Race Statistically Tied

Massachusetts: Brown Warren Senate Race Statistically Tied

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Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and his Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Warren, are in a statistical tie among likely voters, with a huge swath of the electorate still undecided in this marquee Senate battle, according to a new poll.

A Boston Globe survey found that, in a horserace matchup, 37 percent would vote for Brown, 35 percent would vote for Warren and 26 percent were undecided.

Brown held a substantial lead among self-described independents, with 42 percent telling a pollster they would vote to re-elect him and only 14 percent saying they would cast their ballot for Warren.

Brown remains very well-liked in the Bay State. Fifty-four percent of likely voters held a favorable opinion of him while just 29 percent had an unfavorable opinion. Seven percent didn’t know.

Full story

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